February 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the February 2018 newsletter. First of all, Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all have had a good break and some festive feasting.

January has been a somewhat quieter month with fewer than usual number of recordings – they are, nevertheless, all very stimulating to listen to, so let’s get started with our regulars, the Aristotelian Society; two from them:


Craig French – Naïve Realism and Diaphaneity

Sarah Sawyer – The Importance of Concepts

The Royal Asiatic Society contributed with three events:

Christopher Fuller – European Science and Colonial Anthropology in British India, c. 1871-1911

Mark Condos – Anarchists, Revolutionaries, and Franco-British Imperial Policing in French Chandernagore, 1905-1930

Alban von Stockhausen – Images and (Post)colonial Encounters: A History of the Visual Representation of the Nagas of Northeast India

The History department at Royal Holloway continued its departmental research seminars with an highly unusual paper from Robert Priest on the Passion Play at Oberammergau:

Robert Priest – “A Rabbi’s impressions of the Passion Play”: Joseph Krauskopf, Antisemitism, and the Limits of the Transnational Jewish Public around 1900

The European Theatre Research Network, based at the University of Kent, is a very occasional contributor to our archive, and they held one of their London events at Senate House, and we of course recorded it. There are two papers, and you can listen to them here:

Dramaturgies of change in Greek theatre: institutions, practices and publics

January is, of course, the month of the Holocaust Memorial day, and we have recorded a number of talks on the topic. The first one was part of the very established ‘Beyond Camps and Forced Labour’ conference, which takes place every three years (so strictly speaking not a Holocaust Memorial Day event), and concentrated more on Holocaust historiography:

Tim Cole – ‘Please mind the gap’: integrated histories and geographies of the Holocaust and Holocaust memory

The second one was the contribution from the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway (note the upgrade from ‘Research Centre’ to ‘Institute’):

Co-Presents to the Holocaust: The British in Auschwitz and Belsen

and the third was the contribution from the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Institute of Historical Research:

Ulrike Weckel – Shaming with Images: German Responses to Atrocity Films, 1945-46

Now on to the Centre for Resaerch in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University. We have a full day’s conference recording from an event that happened in June (we didn’t record this, but the Centre asked us to clean up the recordings and host them):

The Will of the People? Revolutionary Legacies, Reactionary Manipulations

And we also have the regular Thursday seminar talks, two of them:

Emmanuel Alloa – Transparentism: The end of critique

Herman Siemens – Nietzsche, Kant and the question of constructive conflict

The Birkbeck Institutes (Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities) booked us for a number of events, first off from the Birkbeck Instiotute for Social Research, on the controversial issue of microfinance:

Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities held a very large conference last June ‘Feminist Emergency’ and themes that emerged from this conference are now followed up by additional events. So here is the first one:

Angela Dimitrakaki – Situated Struggles: Sex Workers, Art Workers and the Politics of Freedom from Work

And finally, the masterclasses from the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanites, this one from the renowned art historian TJ Clark, on Cézanne:

T.J. Clark – Cézanne and the Fetishism of Commodities Session 1

T.J. Clark – Cézanne and the Fetishism of Commodities Session 2

So before I sign off, just a quick reminder that we could really do with more bookings, so speak to your HoDs and events managers, we offer a great service at very reasonable prices. Remember, you can follow us on twitter, Facebook and mixcloud. You can email here.

All the best,


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